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Armed Robber
Gets 25 Years

La'Tay McKelly, 22, of Bradenton, has been
sentenced to 25 years in state prison for
the attempted murder of the owner of
Cortez Coin and Jewelry, Ellenton.

Above, La'Tay McKelly

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- State Attorney Ed Brodsky announced that La'Tay R. McKelly, 22, was convicted after jury trial of Attempted Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm (Premeditated), Aggravated Battery (with Great Bodily Harm) and Carrying a Concealed Firearm.

The minimum mandatory sentence is 10 years. Sentencing took place on July 9, 2014.

McKelly pled no contest and was sentenced to 25 years in the Department of Corrections for the above listed crimes that occurred at Cortez Coin and Jewelry, in Ellenton, on May 8, 2013.

The lead prosecutor in the case, Assistant State Attorney Darlene Ragonanan commented, "To be first struck in the head with the gun, and then only mere seconds later to have the gun pointed in his face while McKelley squeezed the trigger was a truly horrifying experience for the victim."

Above, surveillance photo of McKelly
aiming the gun at the owner of
Cortez Coin and Jewelry

As NewsManatee reported on May 11, 2013, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office was actively seeking the whereabouts of a suspect (later identified as McKelly) in an attempted armed robbery on Wednesday, May 8th, at about 5 p.m., at Vandegraff's Cortez Coins, 3812 U.S. 301 North, in Ellenton.

A sheriff's report said the suspect entered Vandegraff's Cortez Coins feigning to get an appraisal for some jewelry.

As the victim, Fred Vandegraff, 49, was working with the man at the counter, the man suddenly produced a full-sized pistol and struck Vandegraff atop the head with it.

As Vandegraff staggered back, the man pointed the pistol at him and pulled the trigger at least three times.

Vandegraff retrieved his pistol from behind the counter as the man turned to run out the door.

Vandegraff fired one time as the man fled, striking the would-be robber.

Vandegraff sustained a laceration to the top of his head and received treatment on scene.

Nothing was taken in the attempted robbery.

Media sources were advised at 4:20 Thursday afternoon, May 10th, that detectives had arrested La'Tay McKelly, 21, of Bradenton, in connection with the attempted armed robbery Wednesday of Cortez Coins in Ellenton.

McKelly was charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery and Carrying a Concealed Firearm.

McKelly was treated at a local hospital for a gunshot wound but the injury was not life threatening. He was then booked into the Manatee County Jail.

McKelly was shot after pointing his weapon at store owner Fred Vandergraff and pulling the trigger at least three times. The weapon didn't fire and Vandergraff proceeded to shoot McKelly.

McKelly also pistol whipped Vandergraff over the head during the incident.

Detectives began receiving information on McKelly as a suspect shortly after surveillance photos were released Thursday morning.


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